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Hi everyone, I just stumbled upon this site.  I have been an atheist for quite some time now, but have just decided I needed to "talk" about it publicly.  The current political scene in the U.S. can…Continue

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Activist Atheists

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 10:00am 1 Comment

Hi all---my new post is up.  I am really curious to know what your thoughts on the questions it contains are.  You can read it here: Activist Atheists

  Thanks for all of your support,

         John

Skepticism, Credibility, and Popularity

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:45pm 0 Comments

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   My new post is up.  You can read it here: Skepticism, Credibility, and Popularity  I would also ask all of you who support the Atheist Bloggers calling for the boycott of the Boy Scouts, to spread the word by spreading any of the posts that you like.  If you haven't read any of them, there is a list of them all at the end of my post on the topic, which you can…

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Why do Atheist’s Celebrate Christmas?

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 11:57am 0 Comments

Hi all.

   Well the atheist blogger Boy Scout Boycott campaign this weekend certainly caught some attention.  Thanks for your support on that.  I think I can speak for all of us when I say "thank you".  If you haven't checked it out, there is a list of all the blog participants at the end of the post here.

My new post is up as well.  You can…

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Yoram Hazony--An Imperfect God: More Unnecessary Mental Gymnastics

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 2:29pm 1 Comment

Hi all.  I hope that those of you in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving and those abroad had great weekends.  Mine was pretty low key--no travel for us this year--just peace and quiet!  My new post is up.  You can read it here: Yoram Hazony--An Imperfect God: More Unnecessary Mental Gymnastics

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At 3:49pm on February 18, 2012, Phil said…

Humanism is defined, in part, to "embrace justice and ethics?" This seems to leave the door open to an ether of natural good and evil. Can't we just go with secular, using biology to better understand our nature and choices?

Nah, if I were to use the term, people might get the wrong idea - most likely get the impression that I'm an accomodationist. I'm Not.

At 3:28pm on February 18, 2012, Phil said…

I don't think humanism adds compassion to mix. To me, a good definition of humanism can be found here (http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=main&page=sh_defined). The topic of compassion leads me down the road of morality. That is a slippery slope when it comes to defining the source, in that I do not think there is a universal answer among people who reject religion as the source. My personal answer is that morality (including things such as compassion) is a part of our evolution. Somewhere along the way we learned some basic principles to help the species survive. My short answer would be to lump compassion in that evolution. RB

 

I certainly agree with the biological being the raw material of any ethical valuation. I am a biologist.

My experience with the term humanism is as it represents a let's all get along and sing Kumbaya Unitarian kind of thing. I use science-based models but certainly enjoy fantasy and irrational hope like anyone else, with the standard sensibilities of the Western middle class.

And as Hawking recently wrote - philosophy is dead.

At 3:06pm on February 18, 2012, Phil said…

Hi Reason, I've arrived.

I love the Hitchens quote above.

I may be secular, but the humanist part I'm not sure about. How does humanist add to the idea that one rejects ghosts and magic and sees more effective and humane solutions to problems. Does humanism imply compassion?

At 12:55am on February 14, 2012, Lynn said…

Love your blog name, "Reason Being." :)  Clever, catchy, interesting, thought provoking. Kudos.  :)

At 8:44pm on February 13, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Reason Being! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Bloggers.

At 5:32pm on February 13, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Reason Being and welcome to this wonderful world of rationality, truth and peace.
Unbiased common sense, helped by science, leads to happy freethinking wisdom as you have found out. 
  
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At 4:42pm on February 13, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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